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Top 10 facts and figures for the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe

8 Oct 2018

By Dan Ippolito
The World Series of Poker Europe came into existence in 2007, when Caesars Entertainment wanted to bring its brand to locations throughout the world. Over the first nine years, the WSOPE has attracted 23,292 entrants and has awarded over $108 million in prize money. This year's tournament begins on Tuesday and runs through 2 November in the same location as last year: Rozvadov, Czech Republic. After sifting through this year WSOPE Media Guide, we present 10 stats and tidbits you need to know about this year’s tournament before the cards go into the air tomorrow: 10. 21 That is the number of different nations that have won a WSOP gold bracelet throughout the WSOPE. The U.S. leads the way with 14 gold bracelets, followed by the U.K. with six and France with five. Will the U.S. extend its lead, or will another nation close the gap after this year’s tournament? 9. €550 - €100,000 That is the range of the buy-ins at this year’s gold bracelet events. The lowest buy-in is for event #1, The Colossus – No-Limit Hold’em, starting on 9 October. The most expensive buy-in is event #9, The Super High Roller event, a new event for 2018. 8. 10 That is the number of official WSOP gold bracelet events that will be held at King’s Casino this year. There have been a total of 59 gold bracelet events in the history of the World Series of Poker Europe. As mentioned before, 21 nations have claimed a gold bracelet on European soil, and there are 10 more chances this year for those nations to add to their total or for a few nation to be added to the list. 7. €13,400,000 That is the amount of money guaranteed to be paid out for the 2018 WSOPE. In 2017, also at King’s Casino, the tournament set a record for most guarantees with €18,000,000. The 2017 WSOPE was the largest poker series ever held in Europe, according to the media guide. "With €13 million in guarantees on bracelet events, plus a phenomenal cash game scene, we highly recommend you make plans to join us this fall in Europe's best-kept poker secret," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. 6. €5,000,000 This is the amount guaranteed in this year’s Main Event. In 2017, Marti Roca de Torres of Spain defeated 528 other entries to win €1,115,207 and a gold bracelet. The 2018 WSOPE Main Event begins on 27 October and has a buy-in of €10,350. 5. 160 That is the number of poker tables that King’s Casino holds. The Czech Republic casino held the World Series of Poker Europe last year and has also held several World Series of Poker International Circuit events in recent years. This is the first time in six years that the WSOPE will be held in the same location since it was held at Casino Barrière de Cannes Croisette in Cannes, France, in 2011 and 2012. 4. 4,115 That is the number of entrants for the Colossus No-Limit Hold’em event at the WSOPE in 2017. This number set a record of most entries for a single event for the WSOPE. This year, the Colossus event is the first on the list, beginning on 9 October, and has a €550 buy-in. It has eight starting flights and a €1,000,000 prize pool guarantee. Last year’s winner in this event was Matous Skorepa, who took home €270,015 and a gold bracelet. 3. 529 This is the number of players entered in the WSOPE 2017 Main Event. It was the second most in WSOPE history, behind 2011 in France when there were 593 entries. This year, the tournament looks to set a new record for Main Event entries. 2. 15 That is the number of gold bracelets won by Phil Hellmuth, which is the all-time record. The Poker Brat is also fifth on the all-time money list for the WSOP, with over $14.5 million in earnings. Will Phil extend his gold bracelet lead and add to his career earnings at the 2018 WSOPE? 1. 7,689 That is the number of entries at last year's WSOPE, which broke the record that was previously held in 2015. Each year that the WSOPE has taken place, the number of entries has risen, and it looks to again in 2018. The average number of entrants per event has also gone up each year, reaching 699 in 2017.
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